List of comics solicited but never published
Stories, issues of limited/ongoing series, or even entire series which were written or promoted, and solicited for release but for various reasons were never published. Some were eventually reprinted elsewhere or published in different forms.
- 1 Acclaim Comics
- 2 Alternative Comics
- 3 CrossGen Comics
- 4 DC Comics
- 5 Eclipse Comics
- 6 Eternity Comics
- 7 First Comics
- 8 Image Comics
- 9 Mad Love
- 10 Malibu Comics
- 11 Marvel Comics
- 12 Milestone Comics
- 13 Topps Comics
- 14 Published comics
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
- Quantum and Woody #22–31 – This series was canceled by Acclaim after #17 (June 1998), and "uncanceled" 15 months later; as a promotional gimmick, #32 (September 1999) was published to show how the story would have developed if the comic had never been canceled. In October 1999, the series resumed numbering with #18 and was intended to publish the "missing" issues, but the title was cancelled with #21.
- Unity 2000 #4–6 – Only three issues of this six-issue miniseries were published before its cancellation.
- Detour #2 – Publisher Alternative Comics solicited Ed Brubaker's Detour #2 in 2000, but it never appeared (the first issue had been published in 1997). In 2000, Brubaker promised that "the stories that would have made up the next two issues are being worked on in my disappearing spare time, and hopefully the whole thing will be released as a book of about 100 or so pages in a year or two." Instead, Brubaker embarked in earnest on a mainstream comics writing career with Deadenders (Vertigo), whose dystopic future backdrop was similar to Detour's.
- CrossGen's bankruptcy led to a number of titles—including Sojourn, Negation War, and Brath—being cancelled before completion. Several trade paperback collections were cancelled due to the bankruptcy as well.
- Action Comics Annual #3 by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden – The original story for this annual was meant to be published in 1990. According to Amazing Heroes Preview Special #10 (February 1990) "And the X-citing news is about the Action Comics Annual, due out this year. It's written by none other than Marvel Mutant Man Chris Claremont, and drawn by not-often-seen Michael Golden. Watch for it." An annual with this number was eventually released in 1991 as part of the Armageddon 2001 crossover event, but contained a different story and was written by Roger Stern.
- All Star Batgirl – This series was announced at the Toronto Comic Book Expo in 2006. Geoff Johns and J. G. Jones were planning to work on the first six issues, which would present a connection between Barbara Gordon and Arkham Asylum. According to Johns, the series would feature "a mystery centering around Barbara Gordon’s transformation into Batgirl," as in Batman: The Long Halloween. The title was described as not taking place in the continuity of All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder.
- All Star Comics: "The Will of William Wilson" – An unpublished Justice Society of America story from the 1940s. A good amount of artwork from this story survived and has been reprinted in various publications from TwoMorrows Publishing.
- All Star Wonder Woman – This series was confirmed at the San Diego Comic Con 2006, with Adam Hughes announced as writer and artist. Hughes intended to retell the character's origin story, and described his approach to the series as an "iconic interpretation" of the character, but explained at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International that that project was "in the freezer" for the time being, due to the difficulty involved in both writing and illustrating it himself. As of October 2010, a page on his website indicated that after the current Catwoman series ended with issue #82, Hughes would cease his DC cover work and focus on producing the six-issue All Star Wonder Woman series.
- Ambush Bug: Year None #6 – A six-issue miniseries, it skipped issue #6 and concluded with issue #7 instead. There was an 11-month gap between #5 (January 2009) and #7 (December 2009).
- Aquaman II miniseries – A miniseries by writer Neal Pozner and artist Craig Hamilton was published in 1986. A follow-up miniseries was planned, but cancelled due to Hamilton's difficulties with meeting deadlines.
- Batman: Dark Detective III – In 1977, writer Steve Englehart and artists Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin collaborated on a run of Batman stories in Detective Comics. A sequel miniseries titled Batman: Dark Detective was published in 2005. Englehart and Rogers planned a third series of stories, but Rogers' death on March 25, 2007 caused DC to cancel the project.
- Batman: The Widening Gyre #7–12 – In 2010 Kevin Smith wrote a six-issue Batman miniseries called The Widening Gyre, drawn by Walt Flanagan. The series was initially planned as 12 issues, with a long break planned between issues #6 and #7. After issue #6 was published, Smith and Flanagan's work on their reality show, Comic Book Men, extended this planned break further than expected. It was decided in the interim to release the remaining issues as a separate series to be called Batman: Bellicosity, scheduled for 2016, but as of now it remains unpublished.
- Before Watchmen: Epilogue – Originally solicited in 2013 as the conclusion to the Watchmen prequels, this one-shot was cancelled for unknown reasons.
- Black Canary – A miniseries by writer Greg Weisman and artist Mike Sekowsky was planned in 1984. The first issue of the series was penciled, but the project was ultimately shelved due to the character being used in writer/artist Mike Grell's high-profile Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters series. Elements from the ill-fated project were used for Weisman's DC Showcase: Green Arrow short film.
- Comics Cavalcade Weekly – Dave Gibbons provided the cover art for an unpublished comic featuring Superman and the newly acquired Charlton Comics heroes.
- Crisis of the Soul – Originally proposed as a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths, this story involved the Corruptors as the main villains and was developed by Paul Levitz and Jerry Ordway. Editorial issues led to the project's failure and it would eventually be reworked as Legends.
- DC Comics Classics Library: Shazam! - The Monster Society of Evil – A hardcover reprint of this Golden Age story was cancelled in 2009.
- The "DC Implosion" – During the "DC Implosion", several DC Comics titles were abruptly cancelled, even though a number of the series had issues already completed and ready to be published. Eventually, DC Comics reprinted the stories in black and white to secure their copyright, under the title Cancelled Comic Cavalcade, though this was a limited print run and was not available for sale. A few of the stories were published in other DC comics titles, though some were re-edited prior to publication.
- Firestorm: Corona – A graphic novel by Gerry Conway and Pat Broderick that was never published.
- The Flash (vol. 3) #13 – In response to a fan question on its blog "The Source" 's Flashpoint Friday feature, DC announced that May 2011's The Flash #12 would be the final issue of the series. At the time, no other details were provided.
- Freaks by John Byrne – Freaks appeared in a lithography plate published within the History of the DC Universe Portfolio in 1986. Byrne had originally pitched the series to DC, but the series for some reason never surfaced. With some changes, Byrne's concept fit in with his 2112 work to become the John Byrne’s Next Men series published by Dark Horse Comics.
- The Great Ten #10 – Although The Great Ten (by Tony Bedard and Scott McDaniel) was solicited and advertised as being a 10-issue miniseries, with each issue focusing on a different character, DC chose to end the series at #9 due to low sales.
- Green Lantern: "Emerald Twilight" by Gerard Jones – The original storyline for "Emerald Twilight" (which was written by Gerard Jones and set to run in Green Lantern vol. 3 #48–50) involved a conflict between two separate groups of the Guardians of the Universe, and members of the Green Lantern Corps choosing sides. Though this story was advertised and even solicited, it was not considered interesting enough by editor Kevin Dooley, and was replaced with a different story (scripted by Ron Marz) that had Hal Jordan becoming Parallax and destroying the Corps. Jones' version of "Emerald Twilight" has not been published.
- Holy Terror, Batman! – A proposed 122-page graphic novel by Frank Miller, announced in 2006, but no longer a project associated with the Batman character or DC Comics. In 2010 Miller has said that he is no longer working on the project. He stated in June 2010 that Holy Terror was in progress, but without Batman. The book was eventually released by Legendary Comics as Holy Terror.
- Hybrid – An ongoing series planned for 1993, with Art Nichols as the artist.
- Infinity, Inc.: The Generations Saga Vol. 2 – A hardcover book containing issues #5–18 and Annual #1 was solicited for release for July 2012, but was cancelled.
- JLA/Avengers – In 1983, Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway were to be the co-writers of a JLA/Avengers intercompany crossover drawn by George Pérez. Editorial disputes between DC and Marvel caused the project's cancellation. It was not until 2003 that a crossover between the two teams was published, albeit in a completely different story by Kurt Busiek and Pérez. All of the original story's existing penciled art was published in the hardcover collection of the 2003 JLA/Avengers crossover.
- Larry Harmon's Laurel and Hardy #2 – In 1972, DC published a single issue of a comic book series based on the Laurel and Hardy cartoon series produced by Larry Harmon. The cover for the unpublished second issue appears in The DC Vault.
- The Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Gerry Conway and Nestor Redondo – House advertisements in DC Comics cover-dated September 1975 promoted a four-part King Arthur miniseries to be published in the Treasury Edition format.
- Marvel and DC Present The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans #2 – A sequel to the popular X-Men/New Teen Titans crossover was initially announced in the letters page of New Teen Titans #29 and scheduled for release around Christmas 1983. It was planned to feature Marv Wolfman as writer and George Pérez as artist, with the villains in the story being Brother Blood and the Hellfire Club. Plans for the book were eventually cancelled because of the problems that affected the JLA/Avengers crossover.
- Metropolis by Steve Gerber and Frank Miller – The "line name" for a proposed revamp of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
- Pandora Pann – Most of the preview story for this series by writer Len Wein and artist Ross Andru (scheduled to be printed in Saga of the Swamp Thing #5) was penciled, but for unknown reasons the series never materialized.
- Power Squad – An all-female superteam named the "Power Squad" was proposed by Jack C. Harris and Trevor Von Eeden, but the idea was not approved for publication.
- Robotech Defenders #3 – This series, based on the Revell line of plastic models, was originally scheduled as a three-part miniseries in 1985. It was reduced to the first normal-sized issue and a 32-page second issue with no advertisements.
- Seventh Generation – A six-issue crossover series planned for 1989, it was canceled due to DC's plans for the release of Batman that year.
- Showcase #50: "Yankee Doodle Dandy" – Showcase #50 was to feature the debut of Yankee Doodle Dandy, a spy character created by editor Lawrence Nadle. Nadle's death caused the story to be shelved, but the character was resurrected in 1992 for Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol run.
- The Silver Age by James Robinson – A four-issue follow-up to Robinson's The Golden Age, which was being developed but did not happen. According to Robinson, later books such as JLA: Year One and DC: The New Frontier have since made the series unnecessary.
- Sonic Disruptors #8–12 – This 12-issue miniseries by writer Mike Baron and artist Barry Crain was cancelled after issue #7 due to poor sales.
- Soul Love – Part of a prospective line of black-and-white magazines geared toward adults, this 1971 Jack Kirby title was supposedly killed because of a possible backlash among Southern retailers.
- Spectre written by Steve Gerber – Gerber was to have been the writer of the 1980s relaunch of the Spectre series, but scheduling difficulties led DC to replace him with Doug Moench.
- Starman #46 – Solicited as the last issue of the first Starman series, the title was cancelled after issue #45 instead.
- Stormwatch: Team Achilles #24 – The series' cancellation was announced for #24, but writer Micah Wright had become controversial and #23 was the last issue published. The script for #24 is available on Wright's site.
- Sugar and Spike (vol. 2) – The series was published in the United States from 1956 through 1971 for 98 issues, when due to creator Sheldon Mayer's failing eyesight that limited his drawing ability, Sugar and Spike ceased to appear. Later, after cataract surgery restored his eyesight, Mayer returned to writing and drawing Sugar and Spike stories, continuing to do so until his death in 1991; these stories appeared in overseas markets and only a few have been reprinted in the United States. The American reprints appeared in the digest sized comics series The Best of DC #29, 41, 47, 58, 65 and 68. Sales on the "Sugar and Spike" issues of The Best of DC were strong enough that DC announced plans for a new ongoing series featuring the characters. The project was never launched for unknown reasons.
- Superman 3-D – According to DC's promotional giveaway brochure DC Releases #46 (March 1988), a Superman 3-D one-shot was planned for 1988. It was to be written and penciled by John Byrne and inked by Ty Templeton with 3-D effects by Ray Zone. A "major new Superman foe" named "Tantrum" was to have been introduced. Byrne and Zone would later collaborate on a Batman 3-D graphic novel. A Superman 3-D one-shot was published in December 1998 by a different creative team.
- Superman: An Evening with Superman – A graphic novel by Barry Windsor-Smith entitled "An Evening with Superman" was originally announced by DC in 1998, but has not been published as of 2016. Superman: The Complete History – The Life and Times of the Man of Steel features an excerpt of this story.
- Superman: "The K-Metal from Krypton" – An unpublished Superman story from 1940 that not only introduced an early version of kryptonite, but had Lois Lane learn that Superman is really Clark Kent. The original script and outline were rediscovered by Mark Waid in 1988 and there was an online effort to restore and publish the story.
- Swamp Thing #88–91 by Rick Veitch – Veitch's original story for issue #88 (where Swamp Thing meets Jesus Christ during a time travel story arc) was cancelled by DC Comics due to fear of controversy; this caused Veitch to quit the title before finishing the storyline (set to run through issue #91). Another writer, Doug Wheeler, had to complete the story, but went in a different direction than Veitch had planned.
- Swamp Thing: Deja Vu – A three-issue miniseries, scheduled for 1990, by Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson. It was partially drawn by Wrightson before he left the project and there was no attempt to complete the series with another artist.
- Twilight of the Superheroes – A company-wide crossover and attendant maxiseries proposed by Alan Moore in the late 1980s prior to his public split with DC. The series imagined a dark future where various superhero clans warred for global dominance. Moore's split with DC, as well as the very dark nature of the story, meant that the series never got beyond the proposal stage, although a number of story elements that Moore had suggested were later worked into ongoing series. Moore's proposal was leaked on the Internet in the early 1990s.
- Valda – An aborted Roy Thomas/Todd McFarlane project.
- Wonder Woman: Bondage – A proposed project by Bill Sienkiewicz and Frank Miller. Sienkiewicz described it as "perhaps a bit over the top, but I think Frank and I invited that. So was the idea for the series in very basic broad stroke discussions between Frank and I, with some input from then-DC editor Bob Schreck."
- Wonder Woman: Hand of the Gods – A graphic novel that was cancelled in 2011, allegedly due to its artist Justiniano being charged with possession of child pornography.
- Wonder Woman: "Nuclear, the Magnetic Menace" – An unpublished Golden Age Wonder Woman story introduced the villain Nuclear. Even though it was not published, a follow-up story ("Nuclear Returns!") was published in Wonder Woman #43 (September–October 1950). In 1982, Roy Thomas came up with his own introduction story for Nuclear in All-Star Squadron #16. Since then, original artwork from the first story has surfaced.
- Miracleman #25–34 and Miracleman: Triumphant – Because of the bankruptcy of Eclipse Comics, the last published issue of Miracleman was #24. Issues #25–28, which would have completed the storyline The Silver Age, were not printed. The follow-up storyline, The Dark Age (projected for Miracleman #29–34), and a spinoff series, Miracleman: Triumphant, were also never published. Pages from issue #25 and Miracleman: Triumphant #1 have been reprinted in Kimota! The Miracleman Companion by TwoMorrows Publishing. In 2013, it was announced that Marvel would reprint Miracleman and publish Neil Gaiman's end to the storyline.
- The Uncensored Mouse #3 – A third issue of this series (which reprinted classic Mickey Mouse comic strips) was ready to go to press until a lawsuit filed by The Walt Disney Company put an end to it.
- Classics Illustrated: Julius Caesar – In 1990, artist George Pérez was scheduled to draw an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The series was cancelled before Pérez could start work on the story.
- Time2 (vol. 3) – Writer/artist Howard Chaykin produced a graphic novel series called Time2 which consisted of two graphic novels (Time2: The Epiphany (ISBN 0-915419-07-6) and Time2: The Satisfaction of Black Mariah (ISBN 0-915419-23-8)). During a 1987 interview originally published in Amazing Heroes #132, Chaykin described plans for a third graphic novel. "It's probably going to be grossly different from the first two, because I'm taking things in another direction," Chaykin said at the time. "I want to do a story that is both very funny ... and at the same time very, very ugly. Really nasty and unpleasant. Because frankly, it's the place to do that sort of thing." Although Chaykin hoped it would be available in summer 1988, the third book was never released.
- 1963 Annual #1 – A followup to the Image Comics series 1963, by Alan Moore and Jim Lee. Various issues with Moore, Lee, and Image itself led to the Annual being unfinished.
- Bionix – Intended to be an updated combined adaptation of the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman (both of which were previously adapted in comic book form by Charlton Comics). The comic was proposed for Image's Maximum Press imprint and in 1996 a four-page preview of Bionix appeared in issue #6 of the Maximum title, Asylum. The series never went beyond the preview and solicitations in comics trade publications.
- Brigade #23–24 – Issue #25 was published out of order, between #9 and 10. There are no issues #23 and 24.
- Crimson Plague – A science fiction story by writer-artist George Pérez about an alien with ultra-toxic blood, the first issue was published in June 1997 by the now defunct Event Comics. In June 2000, the original first issue was re-published by Gorilla Comics with additional material and pages, with a follow up issue published in September 2000. Due to the extreme high costs of being a self-publisher, which ended up being a financial burden (and putting himself in major debt), Pérez ended Crimson Plague a second time and it is unknown if he intends to do anything else with the comic. George Pérez Storyteller includes artwork from the unpublished third issue of Crimson Plague.
- Section Zero – Published in 2000 by Gorilla Comics, an imprint of Image Comics. It was written by Karl Kesel with artwork by Tom Grummett. Gorilla Comics was intended to be a creator owned company financed by a comics related website, eHero.com. Along with the other Gorilla Comics creators, Kesel and Grummett attempted to continue the series they started, but these efforts proved unsuccessful. The three issues of Section Zero that were published were dated June 2000, July 2000, and September 2000. A fourth issue was solicited, but was never published. In January 2012, Kesel announced that he and Grummett would be relaunching Section Zero as a webcomic on the Mad Genius Comics website. The previously published stories are being posted on the site and new material will be added as it is completed.
- The Walking Dead #194-195 – Image Comics issued cryptic solicitations with mocked-up cover art for issues #194 and #195 of The Walking Dead to preserve the surprise of the series' unexpected conclusion in issue #193. The two fake issues were cancelled after #193 was released.
- Big Numbers #3–12 – This Alan Moore/Bill Sienkiewicz limited series only saw two issues published before it ended. Pages of issue #3 have surfaced on the Internet.
- Exiles #5–6 by Steve Gerber and Paul Pelletier – In order to preserve the shock ending of Exiles #4 (in which the story abruptly ends when the entire team is killed due to their leader's poor judgment), Malibu falsely solicited and took advance orders for Exiles #5 and 6 (which were described as featuring a villain named "the Hoaxter" and a setting called "the Carnival of Lies"). Retailers who had been misled into ordering these issues were subsequently reimbursed.
- Firearm Annual #1 – James Robinson wrote the script to this book, but chose not to release it due to his concerns about Malibu Comics at the time.
- The Amazing Spider-Man and Black Cat by Kevin Smith – Smith was announced as the writer of an ongoing Black Cat series and The Amazing Spider-Man in early to mid-2002. However, because of the delays on 2002's Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do and Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target, the plan was switched so that Smith would start a third Spider-Man title, launched in 2004 by Mark Millar instead.
- Claws of the Cat #5 – A fifth issue of the series was drawn by Ramona Fradon, but the title was canceled due to lack of sales on previous issues.
- Daredevil by Frank Miller and Walt Simonson – After completing the "Born Again" arc, Frank Miller intended to produce a two-part story with artist Walt Simonson, but the collaboration was never completed and remains unpublished.
- Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target by Kevin Smith – The miniseries debuted in 2002, but only one issue was published.
- Doctor Strange drawn by Frank Miller – A house advertisement for Doctor Strange appeared in Marvel Comics cover-dated February 1981. It stated "Watch for the new adventures of Earth's Sorcerer Supreme—as mystically conjured by Roger Stern and Frank Miller!". Miller's only contribution to the series would be the cover for Doctor Strange #46 (April 1981). Other commitments prevented Miller from working on the series.
- Epic Illustrated: "The Last Galactus Story" conclusion – Writer-penciler John Byrne and inker Terry Austin produced "The Last Galactus Story" as a serial in the anthology comics-magazine Epic Illustrated #26–34 (October 1984 – February 1986). Nine of a scheduled 10 installments appeared. Each ran six pages, except part eight, which ran 12. The magazine was canceled with issue #34, leaving the last chapter unpublished and the story unfinished. Byrne later revealed on his website that the conclusion would have seen a dying Galactus releasing his power, causing a new Big Bang and transforming his herald Nova into the Galactus of the next universe.
- Fantastic Four: Fathers and Sons – This graphic novel was mentioned in Marvel Age Annual #4 in 1988 but never published. It was to have been written by Danny Fingeroth and drawn by Mark Bright. Bright left the project after completing only a few pages of artwork and was replaced by Al Milgrom.
- Giant-Size Super-Heroes #2 - This comic book was announced in a next-issue box at the end of Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1 (June 1974, which featured Spider-Man), but was never published. The title was mentioned as "The Night They Tore Old New York Down!".
- JLA/Avengers – See above (DC Comics).
- Ozma of Oz – In 1975, MGM's Marvelous Wizard of Oz was the first joint publishing venture between DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Marvel then published an adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz. A full page house advertisement in the second treasury promised an Ozma of Oz adaptation but it was never published.
- Phoenix miniseries – A six-issue miniseries by Chris Claremont and Rick Leonardi was going to explain the origins of Rachel Summers, but plans for the book were cancelled before the first issue was completed.
- The Prisoner – In the "Bullpen Bulletins" page in Marvel Comics cover-dated July 1976, Marvel announced a comic book based on The Prisoner, to be written by Steve Englehart and drawn by a then-unchosen artist and scheduled to be "starting this summer". The artist assigned to the project would be Gil Kane. When Jack Kirby returned to Marvel, the property was transferred to him. A test issue was put together but never completed. All 17 pages were scripted and penciled by Kirby, but only parts were lettered and inked, by Mike Royer. Original artwork from this comic still exists and some of it has been published in the comic book fanzine The Jack Kirby Collector.
- Questprobe #4–12 – Originally intended as a 12-issue miniseries, this video game tie-in was canceled after issue #3 (November 1985) due to Adventure International's bankruptcy. The story intended for issue #4, featuring the X-Men, was published in Marvel Fanfare #33 (July 1987).
- The Spectacular Spider-Man magazine #3 – The Spectacular Spider-Man was a two-issue magazine published by Marvel in 1968, as an experiment in entering the black-and-white comic-magazine market. A next-issue box at the end of issue #2 promoted the planned contents of the unrealized issue #3, "The Mystery of the TV Terror".
- Strange Tales (vol. 4) #3–4 – The stories, writer J.M. DeMatteis' Man-Thing and writer Paul Jenkins' Werewolf by Night, were bought and solicited, but never illustrated nor published. DeMatteis wrapped up his Man-Thing run in Peter Parker: Spider-Man Annual '99 and included a two-page synopsis of the never-published third and fourth issues.
- The Thing miniseries by Barry Windsor-Smith – The Thing ongoing series was cancelled with issue #36 (June 1986). The letters column of the last issue mentioned an upcoming miniseries by Barry Windsor-Smith. He had previously written and drawn a Thing story in Marvel Fanfare #15 (July 1984). The miniseries was never published. In January 2006, Windsor-Smith announced on the website Comic Book Galaxy that he was in negotiations with Marvel to publish his Thing story as a graphic novel. As of 2015, it remains unpublished.
- Void Indigo #3–6 – Cancelled due to reactions to its portrayal of extreme violence.
- Warlock #16 – Warlock was cancelled with issue #15 (November 1976). A 16th issue had been partially drawn by Alan Weiss, but the artwork was lost in a New York City taxicab.
- Fade miniseries – Ivan Velez Jr. wrote an outline and three issues for a miniseries starring the character Fade from the team series Blood Syndicate which would have explored the character's childhood, sexuality, and changing powers. Before it could go beyond the proposal stage, the parent title was canceled due to low sales and the company ceased regular publication.
- Victory #2–5 – Topps Comics attempted to revive the Captain Victory character as part of a planned five-issue miniseries, which only lasted one issue before Topps cancelled all of the "Kirbyverse" books in 1994. The only issue is dated June 1994 and was a part of a more complex project named the "Secret City Saga".
This is a list of comics that were unpublished as originally intended, but would eventually be published in a different form or after a long delay.
- Batman: Europa – Written by Brian Azzarello, this project was scheduled to be released in 2011 but shelved because of The New 52. It was eventually released between 2015–2016.
- Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 – This book was already printed and ready to be released, but controversy over the story "Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter" led to almost the entire run being destroyed. Although DC pulped all copies of the issue intended for the North American market, some were still distributed in Europe. The controversial story was later reprinted in the Bizarro Comics hardcover (ISBN 1-56389-779-2, released in May 2001) and softcover (ISBN 1-56389-958-2, released in April 2003). The story "Superman Jr. is No More!" was republished in Superman / Batman: Saga of the Super Sons (November 2007). The entire issue was later reprinted in DC Comics Presents: Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 in 2011. See also Recalled comics.
- Hellblazer #141: "Shoot." – "Shoot." by Warren Ellis and Phil Jimenez was planned to deal with high school teenagers killing each other with firearms at school. After the Columbine High School massacre, DC editorial asked Ellis to make changes to the story before publication. In response, Ellis stated "I therefore requested that DC Vertigo either make those changes themselves and remove my name from the work, or, in the preferred scenario, not publish the work at all. Rather it go unseen than be released in a compromised form. To their credit, DC Vertigo have chosen to not release 'Shoot' at all." The story was eventually published in Vertigo Resurrected in 2010.
- JLA: Kid Amazo – Originally supposed to be released as a hardcover in 2004, the book was cancelled, possibly because of low sales orders. The story was eventually printed in JLA: Classified #37–41 (June–October 2007).
- The Joker #10 – The letters page of The Joker #9 (September–October 1976) mentions that Martin Pasko was writing a Joker vs. the Justice League of America story titled "99 and 99/100 Percent Dead!" to appear in The Joker #10, which was never published. In the end notes of The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1989) it is noted that The Joker editor Julius Schwartz had no recollection of this story ever being completed. However, Pasko found photocopied pages of the story which he sold on eBay in 2011. A cover for issue #10 was drawn by Ernie Chan, but it was never finished. The story was finally published in 2019, in The Joker: The Bronze Age Omnibus.
- Kobra #8 – A Kobra vs. Batman story intended for this issue was published in DC Special Series #1 (September 1977) instead.
- Meet Angel #8 – The Angel and the Ape series changed its title to Meet Angel with its seventh and final issue (November–December 1969). An eighth issue had been written and drawn and this story would be published in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-34 (February–March 1975) (Christmas with the Super-Heroes).
- The New Teen Titans: Games – DC originally announced this graphic novel by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez in 1988, but it never appeared. This project was revived years later and went so far as to be solicited for release in November 2010, but due to health problems and other commitments by Pérez it was postponed again. It has since been re-solicited and scheduled for release on September 7, 2011.
- The Redeemer – Joe Kubert's Christian allegorical tale of man endlessly resurrected. The miniseries was previewed in Amazing Heroes #34 in 1983. The material was finally published in 2012 as one of the features in the Joe Kubert Presents miniseries.
- Sandman #7 – The story by writer Michael Fleisher and artist Jack Kirby was originally scheduled to be published in Sandman #7 in 1976 and then scheduled as part of Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth #61 in 1978. Both series were cancelled before the story was published. It was eventually printed in Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2 (Fall 1978) and in The Best of DC #22 (March 1982).
- Showcase Presents: Secret Society of Super Villains – The Secret Society of Super Villains series was scheduled to be collected into a trade paperback featuring issues #1–17 (520 pages, ISBN 1-4012-1587-4) but the project was canceled. DC later reprinted the series in two hardcovers, which were released in 2011 and 2012.
- Superman Annual #3 by Walt Simonson – This annual was supposed to be released in 1990, featuring a Post-Crisis version of the "Kryptonite Nevermore" storyline. Despite being advertised, the annual was not released that year. In 1991, an annual with this number was released as an Armageddon 2001 crossover. The Simonson story would later be published in Superman Special #1 in 1992.
- The Teen Titans Swingin' Elseworlds Special – This book was postponed and ultimately never released; DC Comics finally released the story in January 2008 as Teen Titans: The Lost Annual.
- Astonishing Captain America – Originally planned for release in 2011, it was part of a line of books similar to DC Comics' All-Star imprint. Would be released in 2013 as Captain America: Living Legend.
- Captain America: White – A Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale collaboration from 2008. Only issue #0 was released that year; the rest of the series would not appear until 2015.
- Fantastic Four #103 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby – The story by Lee and Kirby originally intended for Fantastic Four #103 (October 1970) was not published. Some of the artwork would appear in issue #108 (March 1971) but the rest of the story was not used. Marvel published this "lost" story in Fantastic Four: The Lost Adventure (April 2008).
- Marvel Super Special #7 – An adaptation of the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by writer David Anthony Kraft and artists George Pérez and Jim Mooney was promoted on the "Bullpen Bulletins" page in Marvel Comics cover-dated January 1979. It was never published in the U.S. "because the book was late and the movie proved to be a commercial failure," according to a contemporaneous news account, which added, without substantiation, that, "Reportedly, Marvel's adaptation was published in Japan." The material was published in France by Arédit in 1979.
- Ms. Marvel #24–25 – Ms. Marvel #24–25 were written and mostly drawn, but the series was cancelled with issue #23 (April 1979). They would have seen the introduction of the supervillainess and Mystique's lover Destiny, as well as Pyro, Avalanche, and future X-Man Rogue. Destiny, Avalanche, and Pyro would instead debut in Uncanny X-Men #141 and Rogue would debut in Avengers Annual #10. As Ms. Marvel and Mystique were assimilated into the X-Men book by Chris Claremont, references were made to the unpublished issues and Claremont's original plans for the series had it not been cancelled along with editorial footnotes implying that the unpublished issues and storyline would be published one day in the pages of Marvel Fanfare. They would instead be published in Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2 #10 (July 1992) and #11 (October 1992), with an additional ten pages written and drawn by Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman to wrap up the storyline.
- Open Space #5 – Open Space was a science-fiction anthology series. Alex Ross' first work for Marvel was to have been printed in issue #5 but the title was cancelled with issue #4 (August 1990). Ross' story was printed in 1999 as a special supplement to Wizard's Alex Ross Special.
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I guess the most infamous "lost" DC treasury comic was the ambitious King Arthur book. Intended as a four-part series by Gerry Conway and Nestor Redondo, the book was heavily promoted in the seventh issue of DC's self-published fanzine, Amazing World of DC Comics, as well as in ads that ran in their Sept. 1975 issues.
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In 1987, DC debuted a Spectre ongoing series, written by Doug Moench and drawn by the great Gene Colan...However, this comic was ORIGINALLY supposed to be written by Steve Gerber, only everything fell apart before the first issue was even completed!
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